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This is the most important election of our lifetime. I bet you’ve heard that this year, right? I know I have; my auto fill almost finished the sentence for me as I typed. But I’m writing it again here now because it’s true. There have been so many things to be afraid of this year. There have been moments of...
We thought that headline might grab your attention. We thought about this, after hearing Judge Amy Coney Barrett proclaim she is “pro-life.” Again, in this issue of the Spectrum, we’re offering the Spectrum Voter Endorsement Guide. Our volunteer group of community leaders have gone through and evaluated every race, as we jokingly say, from President to dog catcher and everything...
There is a video circulating on the Internet in which a white Los Angeles film producer stands for three days in Harrison, Arkansas, holding a Black Lives Matter sign. Among the racial slurs, death threats and confused stares he received, was the oft-shouted line, “You’re white!” by the shocked, SHOCKED!, and angry passersby. The viewer is left to deduce that...
The Las Vegas Spectrum asked several Nevada residents and lawmakers to give us a quote on their memories of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was painfully apparent to me that men, particularly white men, had all the rights and all the power. As a brand new law...
Fear and optimism are the two words that describe this year’s election. Fear of vote and voter suppression, fear of what happens if Democrats fail to show up and vote, fear that the US Postal Service, controlled by a political appointee of Donald Trump will find a way to lose or delay the ballots. Optimism for a change in direction. Optimism...
“A political lifetime,” David Parks said in an oral history interview 20 years ago, “can be really short.” This year, Parks concludes a career in state and local government that has lasted 50 years, 24 of them spent in the Nevada State Legislature as an assemblyman and senator. In that time, Parks and other legislators he persuaded to follow him...
According to the Center for HIV Law & Policy, 32 states have laws that criminalize behavior of people living with HIV. Nevada is one of those states. In 1993, the U.S. was grappling with HIV — how to treat it and people living with it, how to protect those not living with it — and sought to criminalize behavior...
It is not too late to catch the Las Vegas Little Theatre’s live online production of “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” performed Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31 at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Oc. 25 and Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. The one-woman play by playwright sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel stars Gillen Brey as America’s beloved humorist who championed...
Well, the Bitch is back, at least for this month. Belated congrats to my old boss, Rob Schlegel, two dear, dear friends from long ago, Lyn Collier and Terry Wilsey for publishing the Spectrum. There’s a fourth partner, and I’m saving him for last. One, he’s so cute and two, who would ever believe Rob would get married and...
Gayle Stanley Wallace, known by his preferred name of Wally Wallace, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, at his Mudd Ranch home, on Oct. 4. His companion and spouse, Terry Wilsey, was at his side. Wally was an artisan and agriculturist. “Mudd Ranch,” the name of the homes he built in the area, was a nod to his artisan skills in...
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